Shared Day Trip To Ourika Valley From Marrakech

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Marrakech to Ourika Valley Day trip

The day trip to Ourika valley from Marrakech is one of the most popular Marrakech excursions. You will follow the trails of the Berbers of Morocco and explore the Atlas Mountains, Berber Villages with its weekly markets, and hike to the western slopes of the High Atlas Mountains.

Ourika Valley Day Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy a scenic drive on the way to Ourika Valley with a splendid view of the Atlas Mountains in the horizon.
  • Drive past various adobe Berber villages and eventually visit one.
  • Hike to the waterfalls of Setti Fadma.
  • Treat yourself to a Berber Tagine next to the stream.
  • Visit a weekly Berber Market (on Mondays).

Marrakech to Ourika Valley Day Trip Itinerary

  • Marrakech → Ourika Valley

    Your full-day excursion to Ourika Valley will start at 09h00 AM with a drive across the Houz Plains and stop at the local ladies’ Argan oil cooperative to see how this liquid gold is extracted, and some fine cosmetic products are made.
    We will continue to Tnin Ourika, one of the largest Berber Souks in the area, where all the Villagers from the Ourika Valley come once a week to trade & buy their goods.
    From here, we will follow the Ourika river driving next to the stream up to the Berber village of Setti Fatma, where most of the locals in Marrakech escape to summer heat and spend a day under the shades of the walnut trees.
    For those who would like to explore the Valley on foot, local hiking guides are available for hire to walk you to some stunning cascades and back. If you fancy a lazy day, relax at one of the cafés on the riverbank and enjoy the rest of the day listening to the sound of the stream with the High Atlas Mountains as a backdrop.
    Local cafés are available for a light lunch and can accommodate all budgets.
    Drive back to Marrakech late in the afternoon, where your day trip to Ourika Valley will end with a drop-off at your hotel or Jamaa Elfna Square.

Ourika Valley Day Tour price

Price per person: Days of operation: Number of participants:
17 € Daily 17 Max

Included

  • Transportation in an A/C modern van with an English speaking driver.
  • Pick up / drop off at your hotel or the main Square.

Not included

  • Lunch & beverages.
  • Local guide.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any Restaurants or Cafes in Ourika Valley?

There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in Ourika Valley to choose from to take a lunch or a snack. You can choose from classic restaurants located inside guesthouses located in Berber villages. The best option ( weather permitting ) is the riverside cafes that serve BBQ and delicious Moroccan salads under the shade of walnut trees.

What are the best hiking places in Ourika Valley?

Setti Fatma waterfalls represent the best hiking opportunity in Ourika Valley. You can hike from the village of Setti Fatma ( 1500 m above sea level ) to the first waterfall at an altitude of 1700 m above sea level. This walk can take up to 2 hours. If you are a trekking fan, you can hike further to visit the 7 waterfalls at 2200 m above sea level. This adventure requires 4 hours, and it requires an expert local hiking guide for your safety.

What activities you can do with your children in Ourika Valley?

If you visit Ourika Valley with children, visiting a Berber house, riding a donkey or a camel along the stream, and paying a visit to a small Berber farm are considered the best activities for children.

How far is Ourika valley from Marrakech?

It would take around 45 min to reach Ourika from Marrakech. However, if you travel through the fastest route, Via P2017, you have to cover just 40 Km to get to Ourika Valley from Marrakech.

What to see in Ourika Valley?

You can enjoy hiking the Atlas Mountains and cherish the beauty of this countryside. Also, the best part of Ourika Valley day trip is seeing the waterfalls of Setti Fatima. Other good things to see are Argon oil Cooperatives and Berber Village, located alongside the Ourika River. Le Jardin du Safran and Ghmat are some excellent spots that you should not miss.

What is the best time to visit ourika valley from Marrakech?

You can visit throughout the year, but the busiest month in Ourika are September, November, and March. The hotel and flights will be the most expensive during these months. Kindly prepare yourself in Advance if you plan to visit during these months.

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Nolan Bennett

Couple Traveller

Definitely worth the money! Our journey included three fantastic destinations: a breathtaking panoramic view, an enlightening visit to an argan oil shop, and an eye-opening tour of a traditional Berber house. The panoramic view was simply stunning, offering a feast for the eyes. The argan oil shop stop proved to be intriguing as we got an inside look into the process of making argan oil and were presented with a variety of products available for purchase. Exploring the Berber house was a highlight, providing us with valuable insights into their way of life. Later on, we embarked on a climb up a waterfall that had gained a reputation for its challenges. The ascent was steep at times, demanding appropriate footwear for safety. I must admit, being afraid of heights made certain sections especially intense for me. Nevertheless, looking at the entire experience, the trip was truly remarkable, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to others!

August 29, 2023

Stella Foster

Couple Traveller

A tour that’s truly worth it! We can’t speak highly enough of this incredible experience. While the climb isn’t inherently tough, the heat and crowds can make it challenging. Luckily, our guide Mohsin was an absolute star, expertly assisting everyone and leading the way. The sights and markets you encounter during the journey make the uphill trek totally worthwhile. It’s an amazing day that offers a whole new perspective of Morocco.

August 27, 2023

Isabella Rossi

Couple Traveller

A tour that’s truly worth it! We can’t speak highly enough of this incredible experience. While the climb isn’t inherently tough, the heat and crowds can make it challenging. Luckily, our guide Mohsin was an absolute star, expertly assisting everyone and leading the way. The sights and markets you encounter during the journey make the uphill trek totally worthwhile. It’s an amazing day that offers a whole new perspective of Morocco.

August 27, 2023

Henrik Larsen

Solo Traveller

An absolutely fantastic and unforgettable day, made even more special by an exceptional tour guide. Hassan was attentive, friendly, and displayed an impressive wealth of knowledge on a variety of topics. He went out of his way to assist my daughter during our ascent of the Atlas Mountains and consistently ensured the safety and well-being of my family. Additionally, our driver Mohamed was excellent, ensuring our safety and keeping us entertained throughout the journey.

August 24, 2023

Sofia Lopez

Couple Traveller

What an outstanding day trip! The value you get for the money is simply incredible. They pick you up right from your hotel and drive you to the Atlas Mountains. One of the stops is at an Argan oil shop where you can sample some products (it’s like a relaxing spa experience). The views during the hike are absolutely breathtaking, and while parts of the terrain can be challenging, the guide is exceptional at assisting you through them. Make sure to have on a pair of sneakers for this adventure. After the hike, there’s an optional lunch (you can pay with a card) that’s truly delightful. You can even sit with your feet in the water before catching the bus back.

August 24, 2023
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